The inevitable has come to pass.
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced in a statement Monday morning that Mike Woodson and his coaching staff had been relieved of their duties.
In the release, Jackson said: “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff.”
“The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.”
Woodson guided the Knicks to a Divisional title and 54-win season in 2012, prompting owner James Dolan to say he thought the team could contend for a title this season.
Obviously, this was misplaced faith. The Knicks slumped to a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs after a disastrous first half of the season proved to much to overcome with a much-improved Springtime.
The Knicks started the season 3-13 and fell as many as 19 games below .500 before closing the season 12-3, a great improvement but too late to beat out the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.